Hi Ho Silver became “Quick Silver” this last weekend.
I left home headed for Mayfield, Idaho (a very small community between Boise and Mtn. Home).
Purpose was to scatter our father’s ashes in “Cowboy” country overlooking the Old Oregon Trail.
I got into Mtn. Home Saturday morning and took a drive around town. I drove by the home our family bought new in 1955. They paid $9950.00 for a two bedroom, one bath with a full unfinished basement. I lived there from the 5th grade through high school.
Then I drove over to visit with Bruce, my step-dad. There is a tree in his front yard that has been there for a very long time. The first time we saw it was in 1978 when we were visiting from Australia. It is much larger now.
On the way to church, saw this interesting sign at the local truck dealer.
Church Sunday morning where I met up with an old friend who I went to high school with, then on to the Stage Stop, our meeting place at 2PM. While we were waiting for all to arrive, our sister Jamie called from Costa Rica, where she now lives.
We then convoyed out into the county, off the paved road and onto trails.
We reached the top of one of the hills which had been scouted out and chosen a few weeks earlier by our sister Janice. The weather was perfect, high 60’s, blue skies and of course the wind which always blows there. This made the scattering of the ashes much easier.
Kenny, who is the baby in the family, was chosen to do the honors. As the ashes were scatter we released balloons, brought by our other sister Jill. A few comments were made to each other, a joke or two about the area and how heavy the ashes were. You get to imagine others.
Dinner with Kenny (our baby brother, who by the way is a granddad) and his family then I took off for home. Arrived home Monday evening, it was a great trip coming home. Nice blue skies, in the 60’s, great fall colors, very little road works and even fewer “idiots” on the road.
Barbara and I headed south to Newport for the Lincoln County Fair.
Harlyn arranged a VERY nice room at one of the local places he does business for.
Reegan is in a 4H horse club
and we went to watch her do her thing.
Ella also got to ride after the 4H events.
We had great weather for all three days we were there. Friday was Cari’s birthday and all her family drove in to surprise her. We had chicken and others goodies, along with a cake.
A great time was had by all. Then Saturday morning we had another “party” at their home with the catering being done by the chef at the Lodge Harlyn does work for. Then home for Barbara and I.
Thursday morning we again jumped into “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. We spent a restful night there and then up Friday morning and off to Newport for our granddaughter’s 7th birthday party.
We arrived at their home and got to help with some of the decorations. They were using what we used to call “pipe cleaners” but now it is PC to call them “fuzzy sticks”. The theme for the party was “Winter Wonderland” and we were making snowflakes that the 12 7 year old girls (more about them later) could decorate.
Then we left home and headed to pick up the ready to bake pizza, then on to the Newport Community Center
Blow up balloons
hang up lights,
put out the teddy bears,
donated by grandma, get out the cake
and other refreshments.
12 excited 7 year old girls. When the guest arrived they got to make snowflakes
and of course they all brought gifts.
The girls had a snowball fight complete with forts to hide behind (cardboard forts with marshmallow snowballs)
I think daddy had as much if not more fun than the girls.
Time to have something to eat
and the largest squeals came from the girls playing in the blowing snow (nice touch with the snow machine).
More fun and games and then to the important part of cutting the cake ( Cari made the cake, of course)
and the pops were made of cake with frosting of some kind on them
It was fun and delicious all at once.
and opening the gifts
and a game with the teddy bears as prizes
and they all went home.
We waited until the morning, had breakfast at the girls favorite breakfast place and then we headed back north to get home for church on Sunday. Great trip and lots of fun.
Saturday morning the 17th, Barbara climbed into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed south to Rundi’s. She went down early to help get ready for Thanksgiving. Harlyn, Cari and the girls were coming up on Monday to assist also.
Wednesday, just after noon, one of our great neighbors took me to the Amtrak station in Tukwila where I boarded the Cascade train headed south.
The train was quite full and a young soldier got on in Tacoma and sat next to me. He is stationed at JBLM and was headed home to Eugene Or to spend the holidays with his family. Very interesting young man. He was a “civilian intelligence gather”. In non-military language that is an interrogator. He had some interesting stories but if he told me he would have to kill me.
I arrived at the Vancouver, WA station and Harlyn and his family picked me up. It is always great to see them; the two young girls have so much energy. More about that later. Rundi had to work late that night so we did not get to see her until after 10PM.
The rest of the evening was filled with Reegan and Ella practicing their “dismount” from the “beam”
The best that was scored was a 9.92 (I am a very hard judge)
Ella had learned to play Chinese checkers and so she taught me. I’m not sure of the exact rules but I know Ella’s. She won some and I won some.
Thanksgiving Day the house smelled very good early
and we had our dinner about 2:30. Of course I forgot to take the before photos, but did get some after ones.
After dinner we had some great homemade berry pie made by Cari.
Harlyn took the two girls to the park (part of the get rid of the energy program).
On the way home they found two Mormon Missionaries walking along the road,
so they picked them up and brought them home for dessert. Nice young men and we all had a great time. Harlyn would not let me harass them and pretend I knew little about their religion.
Rundi had to work Friday so she went to work, Harlyn, Cari and the girls left for home and Barbara and I checked for leaks in our eyelids and looked after Frankie (Rundi’s act).
Saturday morning we got into “Get’em up Scout”
and headed home for a dark but dry drive.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and look forward to a great 2013. Cari made a Thankful Turkey
and we got to pin tail feathers on with the things we were thankful for. A great tradition and we look forward to adding more feather next year.
Saturday morning July 21stwe jumped into Hi Ho Silver
and our chauffeur Steve Klem took us to the airport where got on a Delta A319 Airbus
and headed to SLC. While we were waiting to board Barbara got us breakfast. She wanted me to think we were headed to Hawaii to she got the Hawaii McDonald’s breakfast, white rice, fried Spam and scrambled eggs. Quite tasty. Since I was slow in getting our seat assignment we did not get two seats together nor did we get an aisle like Barbara likes. Here is where Delta scores the first of many good deeds. When we got to the gate, the agent call our name and when I went up there she gave us new boarding passes together and upgraded us to Economy Comfort seats including as aisle at no charge. (they are normally $29.00 each)
We had a 2.5 hour lay over before we got on the Delta Connection RCJ 200
headed for ABQ. While we were waiting a very nice gate agent told us they were overbooked (surprise, surprise, surprise) and if we wanted to give up our two seats we would get $200 Delta credit each and meal vouchers and confirmed on the next flight only 1.5 hours away. Since we did not have to be in ABQ at any particular time, we said yes. But when they were ready to board they only needed one so we did not get the offer. It does not take long to board 50 passengers so off we went to ABQ, traded our “baby jet” for a Mazda 6 (they call this a full size car),
had diner at a local truck stop and then on to our motel for a quick check-in.
The purpose of our trip was to watch Brooklyn ride in the Youth National Championship Horse Show
Next morning we were up at o’dark thirty (who rides at 8AM on a Sunday morning) so we could meet Brooklyn for breakfast at 7AM. We got exhibitor’s parking passes so into the show grounds we went. Then on to a side road with a lady guarding the way in. I asked if there was handicap parking down there and she says she did not know but we could go look. We drove straight to the Horse arena front door and parked. Brooklyn rode at 8AM and did well and went through to the next round.
We watched a couple more events then on to find church. On the way Barbara got VERY bad stomach cramps, so bad in fact that I took her to the University of New Mexico Medical Center ER. Readers Digest version. Checked in at 11AM, sat in the waiting room until 6PM (they did keep checking on her and the pain had eased), went into an exam room at 6PM and the Dr. saw her at 9PM and admitted her to the hospital at 5AM. They are very through there and they ran many tests and she was discharged about 5PM Tuesday. Love those beds that keep airing up and changing the support spots. Barbara is fine and all they could figure after MANY exams and at least 6 quarts of blood (well maybe not quite 6) was that she has some sort of intestinal virus that the antibiotics fixed in the 2+ days she was there.
On Monday while Barbara was being well looked after I went to watch Brooklyn ride again. Did not do well but that is only because the judges were BLIND.
After Brooklyn rode she went up to see grandma and made some friends for her from some PURPLE exam gloves
filled with water and faces drawn on them.
Monday evening the group from Melville stables
invited me to go to dinner with them to a local “hot spot” the “Le Pinto” in NW ABQ.
Nice looking place and though we had thunder storms and it was a Monday evening they were busy. I requested a table for 12 and in a timely manner we got to sit out in the covered patio. Nice old Spanish style building and the wait staff were great.
This is the end of the good story. When we go to our table they only had settings for 11 not the 12 we had requested. It took ages for the drinks to arrive. 2 of the 12 meals were sent back as they were not as ordered, we asked for extra salsa twice and none arrived. I had the “House Specialty” Chile con Carne Enchiladas and not only was it not tasty, it had set under the heat lamp way too long and the cheese was hard and crusted. The final decision is that none of us would probably go back.
On now to Tuesday and Barbara coming out of the hospital, we left about 5PM and went straight to get her something to eat as she had not eaten since 7AM Sunday. Back to the motel and she went to sleep at 7:30 PM and got up at 9:30 (AM) Wednesday.
We went to watch Brooklyn ride twice that afternoon. Once the horse played up
and then once again we had the blind judges.
We picked Brooklyn up from their hotel and we went to dinner, although she had found the in house bakery and some very good cake before we got there so she did not each much. Dropped her off and we went back to get some more sleep.
Thursday Brooklyn left for home and Barbara and I went exploring. We found more of the old Route 66
and found a Sonics and happy hour and a couple of HUGE LDS chapels. Back to the motel and some TV and laundry.
Friday we did some more exploring (that is code for garage saleing, flea markets and trading posts). More sightseeing enjoying more of the 95 degree very dry weather. And more of Route 66
We found a new and interesting High School in SW ABQ. The Atrisco Heritage High School. Ahahighschool.com Check it out.
When I went to check in with Delta on Friday evening they again became heroes. In the middle of the things you need to click on to get checked in was a banner that asked if we wanted to upgrade to First Class from SLC to SEA as there are no first class on the RCJ 200’s. The cost was $75.00 per person. Now it cost us $25.00 per bag to check the two bags coming down and we bought another bag there to bring home the extra goodies (See Friday activity) So that was $150.00 – $85.00 for checking 3 bags in economy and then if we upgraded to Economy Comfort for another $58.00 for two that makes it $3.50 each to go to first class. This was a no brain er and when you figure the cost of the free booze in first class (oh wait we don’t drink). Anyway it was a very nice upgrade. Delta rules!!!
Saturday was filled with last minute details. While I went to check in the car, Barbara checked the bags. As we had not been assigned seats together (because of my slow actions before we left) the very nice agent changed our seats and gave us 1 A & B,
leg room on the bulkhead. Delta strikes again!!!
As we went through security the gloves the TSA agents were using was a brand named “Better Feel”. I don’t care who you are that is funny.
The only thing that would have made this flight any better was if our friend and Captain for Sky West had been our pilot.
SLC was a quick connection and we got from terminal E last gate to C 07 just as they called first class. Great seats and comfort home on a local built 757
When we got to SEA our son Stephen and his family met us and hauled us home. Stephen even carried the VERY heavy bags up stairs so we could unpack in the morning.
Wednesday we jump into good ’ole Hi Ho
and headed south. We stayed the night at Rundi’s and headed for the Oregon Coast Thursday morning, stopping at the Woodburn Outlet mall
then on to Newport.
The goal of this trip was to help Reegan celebrate her 9thbirthday
Even though her birthday was not that day she had planned a party for some of her friends. We helped decorate by hanging streamers
and other decorations,
and blowing up balloons
(Ella helped me with this job). About 6PM guests start arriving for a 7PM start.
9 eight and nine year old girls.
First we had appetizers and popcorn
then pizza and pink lemonade, then for dessert we had “grilled cheese” sandwiches
and “Tomato” soup.
Ask Reegan what they really were.
The invitations had asked them to bring mud boots and pajamas. In their treat bags were glow in the dark sticks and LED flashlights. So outside in the rain they went and played flashlight tag and harassed the chickens. Once they were all wet and muddy, they came inside, changed into their PJ’s and we opened presents.
Lots of squeals of joy (I think that is what they were).
Reegan would not let me try out her new longing whip.
(I thought it was a new fishing pole when it was wrapped). After the presents were opened
they each had a pillow cover to decorate and then take home.
Mom starts cleaning up
Barbara and I left about that time and missed the movie and the goodbyes as the party ended about 10:30 PM.
I guess we are getting too old for all the excitement and the sounds of that many young ladies having fun.
After breakfast at the Pig N Pancake
where we again celebrated Reegan’s birthday and Ella’s getting a new bike because she can now ride with no training wheels, we headed towards home.
No excitement coming home except for the sunshine and no rain.
Easter weekend started on Thursday the 5th when Harlyn and his family arrived to help drag us kicking and screaming into the 21st Century as far as our TV system goes. We finally upgraded from a 53” rear projection 13 year old TV (which by the way still works) to a HD LED TV.
The first challenge is we had to run a HDMI cable from the component cabinet up to the attic, over the walls and then down under the house. We ran out of time as Harlyn was also in town to help DJ at a friend’s wedding so they had a rehearsal that evening. So with the family room in pieces and the TV not working, we waited until Friday morning to finish the job. The TV works fine, but the 15 year old Sony receiver does not have a HDMI in or out so no sound except through the TV speakers. So off to Best Buy for a new receiver (this one has 6 HDMI ports) and all kinds of features that will take us in the 23rd century (at the rate I upgrade).
Hooked it up and it works great, better than ears can detect. The Denon receiver has a set up microphone that receives sounds from the speakers and sets them for the “sweet” spot. Now that is neat.
On Saturday Barbara bought some daffodils that were still in the “bud” stage. They came out overnight and looked great.
Sunday came and off to church. Harlyn’s family came back over after church and we had dinner. Saturday afternoon Barbara made some deviled eggs. These are special “peeps” and Reegan and Ella helped by putting the black olive eyes and carrot noses on them.
Leg of Lamb, ham, two types of potatoes, 3 other veggies, baked rolls, sparkling cider, green salad and other stuff too numerous to mention was the fare.
Dessert was “bunny” cupcakes and finally we got to the baskets someone left for us.
All is well except that we do not have an HD Blu-ray player so I guess that is next on the wish list (Hint, hint, hint)
On February 8thwe jumped into Hi Ho Silver
but only took a short trip to the body shop to have the repairs done on the car while we were away. Came home and jumped into Black Beauty
and headed for parts East & South. We had brunch with my sister Jill in Sand Hollow Idaho
on the 9th and headed for Utah. Barbara got an ear infection that night and we found a new BFF in “Instacare” in North Ogden, UT.
27 minutes after walking into the office, seeing a doctor, getting a prescription filled we walked out all ready to continue the trip. A stop by Deseret Industries in West Jordon to meet up with our niece to get some canning supplies, and finished products, to take to AZ for my brother and his wife.
We stayed in Provo at our son’s house and off on Saturday night to “Love on Broadway”
a musical review of favorite Broadway songs about love. Our granddaughter Brooklyn was part of the cast.
Another day of rest and lots of snow and we headed south again. Those stretches if I-15 that are 80 MPH are great. If anyone ever asks, buy your gas in St George UT not Mesquite NV. 40 cents a gallon more in NV. More driving and we arrived in Scottsdale for the Arabian horse show.
Our main reason for the trip. This is Brooklyn’s 5th year showing there and we have been each year.
Then after the first show (in which Brooklyn won a ribbon)
we headed off to my brothers home. In the following days we did more shows,
and visits with Albert and DJ Wilson, dinner with the Manginos and church with Dan and Melissa McAfee.
Jerry picked fresh oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit from his back yard and we took them to the stables with us for the crowd there.
Monday the 20thwe headed west on I-10 and stopped to visit Norville and Leoyce Broadbent at their “winter” home in Palm Desert. We went to dinner at a posh Southern CA restaurant
. A couple of more relaxed driving days and we stopped to visit an old missionary companion of mine Justin
(had not seen him in 42 years) He was actually my first “greenie”.
They are in Folsom, not the prison the town. He works at the Sacramento Temple one day a week.
Got to meet his wife Lori
and their youngest son Andrew. Great visit then we hit the road again and went north on I-5.
Last stop before home was our daughter Rundi’s home (and of course we saw Frankie the cat).
Home late Sunday evening after driving through sleet, snow, hail, and some sunshine. Great trip now we just need time to recover from vacation.
Thursday morning we jump into HHS (Hi Ho Silver)Programed Earl and headed south for Rundi’s. We went to Portland where I ordered a new suit and then had dinner with a friend.
Friday morning the 3 of us again jumped in to HHS and with the aid of Earl headed towards the Oregon Coast and the town of Newport. Our goal was to watch the Coastal Act Production of “TITANIC The Musical”
Each year the local community theater group put on a musical in January (See last year’s “Wonderland! The Musical Misadventures of a Girl Named Alice”) at the Performing Arts Center (the PAC as our granddaughters informed us)
Again our son Harlyn was the musical director of the live orchestra and Reegan played a 3rd class passenger. Ella was also involved as the aux percussion. She played the ship’s bell, the wooden blocks, and the cymbal.
It was a great performance although Reegan died again this year. Last year she played a clam that was eaten by a walrus. I told her she need a better agent.
One of the neat things they did was to hand each theater goer a “boarding pass” with the name of a real passenger or crew member.
Then they had a list of all the names and whether they lived or died, 711 lived and over 1500 died. Barbara and Rundi died, I was a crew member and lived as he rowed one of the lifeboats. It was neat when we got home for me to go online and read about this crew member and how he testified at the Senate hearing. I got to read the whole transcript of his testimony.
Saturday morning we got up and met the kids at the Pig N Pancake (this was a request of both the granddaughters).
Newport’s historic city hall was renovated and reopened in January of 2009 as the newest Pig ‘N Pancake restaurant. The city hall was originally built in the 1920′s and is now part of Newport’s Deco District with Pig ‘N Pancake carrying on the tradition. Come check it out for yourself and see our Deco Pig – “The Professor.”
After breakfast we headed to Rundi’s for a short break then Barbara and I headed home through a snow storm. Good ole HHS made the trip fine.
Can’t wait until next year to see what play they are doing.
We finished the 2011 season on the 29th. Stephen was able to bring the girls over for one last “hanging of the stockings”
and opening of presents.
The tree once more played an important part.
Jonah got to watch his sisters open their presents as he had gotten his during Episode II
I think the highlight though was the neighbor’s chicken.
I wanted it to play a very important role in the evening meal, but could not convince the girls of that.
With KFC being out of the question we finished Christmas 2011.